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Mississippi John Hurt-Louis Collins


Published December 21, 1928


Recorded on December 21, 1928 in New York City. Hurt said, when asked about this sweet murder ballad, that he "made it up from hearing people talk. He was a great man, I know that, and he was killed by two men named Bob and Louis. I got enough of the story to write me a song."


1 - Louis Collins
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Source 78RPM>CD>MP3
Run time 2:59

Reviews

Reviewer: junya - - August 5, 2014
Subject: "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal"
Applying that quote from T.S. Eliot (who's name pops up in a Dylan song) to Dylan himself, leads to the conclusion that Dylan has long been a mature poet. Since Hurt's work is new to me while Dylan's sound is etched into my brain, I cannot listen to Hurt without Dylan (circa 1963) coming to mind: "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and "Percy's Song" not only steal Hurt's picking style, but also his use of gently understated vocals to tell harsh stories. While Dylan is to be credited for using Hurt's style to achieve new results, nothing compares to listening to the original master himself.
Reviewer: gratefultiger - - June 16, 2011
Subject: A 1 Ballad
It's no wonder John Fahey did his "Requiem For Mississippi John Hurt" in memory of this great Artist,Garcia/Grisman do a top rendition as us Dead Heads know.
Reviewer: watchman888 - - February 15, 2009
Subject: Amazing
You can say that again !
Reviewer: Whitelynx - - May 5, 2007
Subject: Wonderful song!
I'd say I'd was one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded...just wonderful! Jerry Garcia did the song with Grisman... that's where I discovered it!
Reviewer: nickmovie3 - - May 23, 2004
Subject: Amazing
This is Hurt's best song, and of the greatest from the blues. Quite possibly the best murder ballad ever recorded.
Reviewer: nickmovie3 - - May 23, 2004
Subject: Amazing
This is Hurt's best song, and of the greatest from the blues. Quite possibly the best murder ballad ever recorded.
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